Nutritious Quinoa Salad with Grilled Chicken

Our quinoa salad with grilled chicken offers a perfect mix of protein and fresh veggies, ideal for anyone seeking a nutritious, satisfying meal that supports an active lifestyle.
A white bowl filled with a nutritious quinoa salad topped with grilled chicken slices, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, and garnished with parsley. A wooden fork and a cloth napkin are beside the bowl.

Priya, a fitness enthusiast and blogger in Mumbai, understands the importance of balanced nutrition. Her quinoa salad with grilled chicken is a staple lunch, offering a perfect blend of protein, fresh vegetables, and light flavors. This dish embodies Priya’s philosophy of clean eating and provides the energy she needs to maintain her busy lifestyle.

A nutritious bowl of quinoa salad with grilled chicken slices, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, red onion, parsley, and feta cheese. Additional cherry tomatoes and a bowl of feta are on the side.

Nutritious Quinoa Salad with Grilled Chicken

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A light and nutritious quinoa salad topped with grilled chicken and fresh vegetables.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Meal Type Lunch
Cuisine International
Servings 2
Calories 734 kcal
Difficulty Easy
Ingredient Cost $10
Shopping Cost$39

Equipment

  • Grill pan or outdoor grill
  • Saucepan
  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 2 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ cucumber diced
  • ¼ red onion thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup feta cheese crumbled (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 Juice lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Rinse the quinoa under cold water. In a saucepan, bring the water or broth to a boil, add the quinoa, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.
    1 cup quinoa, 2 cups water
  • While the quinoa cooks, season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. Grill the chicken over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes per side, until fully cooked. Let rest before slicing.
    2 chicken breasts, Salt and pepper to taste, 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese (if using), and parsley.
    1 cup cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cucumber, 1/4 red onion, 1/4 cup feta cheese, 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • Slice the grilled chicken and add to the salad.
  • Drizzle with lemon juice, season with salt and pepper, and toss gently to combine.
    1 Juice lemon
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Notes

For a vegetarian version, omit the chicken and add more vegetables or beans.
Adjust the seasoning to taste and add your favorite herbs.

Nutrition

Calories: 734kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 65gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 518mgPotassium: 1671mgFiber: 8gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 945IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 187mgIron: 6mg
Keyword Grilled Chicken Salad, Healthy Lunch, Protein Salad, Quinoa Salad

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